In the local Baltimore media, there is one name you could throw out that typically enrages Baltimore Ravens fans. That man’s name is Mike Preston, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun. Personally, I like Preston; he knows his stuff and he tells it how it is without sugarcoating anything. There is one thing, however, that I couldn’t disagree with anymore, and that was Preston’s tweet during last Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game between the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals. In the tweet, Preston said that Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Matt Stafford were the same quarterback in different uniforms. Is he right? Here’s a breakdown of all three guys for the 2013 season.
Flacco: Completion Percentage: 59.0, Passing Yards: 3,912, Touchdowns: 19, INT: 22
Stafford: Completion Percentage: 58.5, Passing Yards: 4.650,Touchdowns: 29, INT: 19
Dalton: Completion Percentage: 61.9, Passing Yards: 4,293, Touchdowns 33, INT 20
I can definitely get Preston’s argument on why these guys seem similar. In fact, out of the three, Dalton clearly had the best year and was the only guy that made the playoffs. All three guys can look excellent some weeks and like the worst QB’s other weeks. The one thing that totally kills Preston’s argument is this.
Flacco: Playoff Record 9-4 (Super Bowl 47 MVP)
Stafford: Playoff Record: 0-1
Dalton: Playoff Record: 0-3
Need I say anymore? For anyone who says “Well, Flacco was on better teams thzn those guys,” does Stafford not have the best receiver in the league to throw to in Calvin Johnson? Does Dalton not have a bunch of weapons in A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham and Marvin Jones? Does anyone actually think that the Ravens would have won the Super Bowl last year with Stafford or Dalton? Do either of those guys convert the “Mile High Miracle” to Jacoby Jones in Denver? Highly doubtful.
Mr. Preston, you’re typically right, but this time, you’re dead wrong.
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